The Senate at plenary on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 passed for second reading “A Bill for an Act to Establish the National Commission for Conciliation and Arbitration Commission, National Labour Council, the Office of the Registrar of Trade Unions, etc. to Administer the Provisions of Labour laws in Nigeria and for Matters Connected therewith, 2014 (H.B.99)”, sponsored by the Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba. The bill passed second reading after a successful debate on the general principles of the bill by the Senators. All the law-makers that lend their voices to the debate spoke in favour of the second reading of the legislation.
The Senators who contributed to debate include: Sen. Maina Ma’aji Lawan, Sen. Abdul Ahmed Ningi, Sen. Smart Adeyemi and Sen. Mahammed Magoro. The bill, having enjoyed a smooth ride on the floor of the Senate, was put to question by the Senate President, Sen. David Mark, and his colleagues answered in the affirmative. The bill was read for the second time and referred to the Senate Committee on Labour and Productivity for further legislative work and to report back in four weeks. Similarly, the Senate has received the report of its Committee on Establishment and Public Service on the screening of Dr. Jonah Madugu representing Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau States for appointment as a member of the Federal Civil Service Commission.
The report was presented by the Committee Chairman, Sen. Aloysius Etok. They recommended to Senate that the nominee should be confirmed. The Chamber resolved into the Committee of the Whole where it considered and approved the recommendation. The confirmation of Dr. Madugu was put to question by the Senate President, David Mark, and the law-makers voted in favour of his confirmation. Also, the Senate has acknowledged the receipt of a letter from President Goodluck Jonathan forwarding the name of Justice Mahmud Muhammed for screening and confirmation as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) in line with section 231 (1) of the 1999 Constitution.
The letter was read on floor of the Senate. At the beginning of the day’s session, the Senate President, Sen. David Mark, lamented over the killing of innocent secondary school students in Potiskum, Yobe State by the Boko Haram insurgents.
He condemned the dastardly act in strong terms and called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to declare total war against the group and at the same time open up a window for dialogue. Sen. Mark extended his condolence to the parents of the children, the people and government of Yobe State and all Nigerians.